‘As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.’
I. Heaven is the ‘far country’ to us poor children of the earth to-day.—(1) It is a far country possibly as measured by distance. (2) It is a far country more especially from the fact that it is far away beyond our comprehension. (3) Heaven is a far country because we are by nature so disqualified from inhabiting it. The distance is measured by the unfitness of the case.
II. From this far country good news has come.—(1) We delight to hear from a far country when it contains those who are near and dear to us. (2) News from a far country is profoundly interesting and acceptable if it be a country in which we intend to live by and by. You are all intending to emigrate to heaven. Surely, then, news of this far country, brought to you from the far country direct, should be to you as cold waters to a thirsty soul.